Once an enemy, now a child of the King. Once outside, now inside. Once a dead dog, now “to live is Christ.”
“To live is Christ” means that we live beyond the Passover. Our union with Christ’s cross has destroyed our sins once for all. And our union with Christ’s resurrection has placed us into God himself. Not an appeased God who moves on. A pleased God who moves in.
“To live is Christ” means never, ever, ever, decreasing in our need for grace. Why? Because Christ in us is constantly revealing more and more of the dark crevices of our souls, bringing us to a place of wretchedness (Rom. 7:24), and revealing the most dangerous sin of the human heart – self-righteousness.
“To live is Christ” will you get you home. How do I know? Because you are the joy that has been set before Jesus. You are his prize. His reward. His love. And now he is yours. So look to him. And run. Run to the arms of the one who has already run to you.
Because we are one with Christ and Christ is one with humanity, we can draw near to God with all the confidence in the world, knowing that we will only be met with grace and mercy. Never judgment or condemnation. Never rejection or retaliation. Only the very real active help in time of need of knowing that our salvation is secure, our future is with God, and our present is “to live is Christ.”
And remember, this is NOT about exhorting others to have more faith in their faith. It’s about exhorting one another to simply trust our Savior Jesus and our union with him. To remember that “to live is Christ” is a day by day experience of Jesus that last to the end, and beyond.